Has having patience rewarded Tame Impala fans?

Aoife Horan

After a near four year hiatus Tame Impala returns to us with their new track Patience, teasing at an upcoming album due to be released at an undetermined date in the near future, brazenly opening with the line “Has it really been that long?”

Yes, yes it has, those of us who chose to soundtrack our lives with the psychedelic sounds of Parker and the boys haven’t been starved of content just yet. With solo projects from the bands Multi Instrumentalists, Jay Watson and Cam Avery (The Underdog released under Cam’s alias “Gum” is required listening) as well as Kevin Parker’s many high profile production collaborations (SZA, Gaga and Kanye to name a few) nothing quite compares to the original.

As the finest purveyor of vibes around, Parker and Co. bring with them this time a tune that wouldn’t feel amiss in a 70s playlist chalked full of Chic, Supertramp and ABBA. In keeping with the synthetic vibes of Currents, the song opens with reverb filled Piano instrumental and some groovy drum beats to match.

Lyrically,Parker sticks to his core existentialist themes delivered in his usual dulcet tones, the words in this one fail to stick and seem to get drowned out in this heavy instrumental, it just doesn’t have the bite of Currents‘s opener Let it happen, which has become an absolute classic.

It’s reminiscent of a relationship gone sour in the way that Feels like we Only Go Backwards was but it doesn’t have the same grip to it and beyond the first, second and third listening, recollection of a single line on the track proved difficult.

Overall, the track feels both lyrically abundant and redundant. Although full of their usual all important introspective lyrics such a“So what you doin’ with your life? It ain’t giving up” and the repetition of the lines “Cause time takes from everyone” and “Time waits for no one”; it’s chorus falls a bit flat in the presence of these strong verses.

However, with such a near perfect discography, the standard that’s set for such a band rests a far cut above most others and audiences couldn’t help but be disappointed by something new.

The disco influence brings a lighter and summery vibe to their usual heavy themes which while making them on the surface more digestible, they also make them far more forgettable. The track doesn’t have the kind of staying power that we’re used to from Tame Impala.

With every album they bring something new, from Innerspeaker, to Lonerism, to Currents, we got a progression from a Psychedelic Rock reminiscent of The Doors to a more localised and whole psychedelic rock, synth pop, RnB combo that was most entirely their own.

The album is still one to hold out for,  as their tracks always have an added flavour in context and the disco spice that has been added to the bands expansive pallet is a rather intriguing and playful addition which will be interesting in itself to hear play out on a full LP.

It didn’t hit in the same instantaneous way that a Tame Impala track usually tends to, but have patience. While it’s a slow burner, it’s an incredibly strong track and in keeping with it’s disco themes, the remixes will most likely be stronger than the original.
Aoife Horan
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